Our Educational Leadership programs offer Doctoral (EdD) and Master’s (MEd) degrees designed for the professional practitioner. Specialized cohort options offer you the opportunity to: deepen your theoretical understanding, engage in meaningful action research and advance your career all at the same time.  Schedules are tailored to fit the busy lifestyle of the working professional.

SFU Community Graduate Programs prides itself in working closely with our local partners across the educational sectors serving diverse program and community needs through our masters and doctoral programs. Over the years, we have worked with school districts, post secondary institutions, and community organizations to provide relevant programs based in-community. 

Master of Education (MEd) Intake Schedule

Start Term Program Cohort Focus Location Application Period
Fall 2021 Educational Leadership K-12 SFU Surrey November 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021
Fall 2022 Educational Leadership Post-Secondary SFU Surrey November 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022
Fall 2023 Educational Leadership K-12 SFU Surrey November 1, 2022 - March 15, 2023
Fall 2024 Educational Leadership Post-Secondary SFU Surrey November 1, 2023 - March 15, 2024

Doctor of Education (EdD) Intake Schedule

Start Term Program Cohort Focus Location Application Period
Fall 2021 Educational Leadership Leading for Educational Change in the Yukon Yukon November 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021

If you are interested in the upcoming Educational Leadership programs, please join our interest list.


Note: These programs are tentative, pending formal approval from the Faculty of Education, and they are subject to change. Program offerings will be confirmed in November of the preceeding year, and will go forward subject to sufficient enrollment. 

Current and Previous Programs

Please note: the Educational Leadership program was redesigned in 2020 and future programs may have a different format.

Doctor of Education

  • Educational Leadership in Post-Secondary Contexts EdD - Fall 2013
  • Transformational Change EdD - Fall 2011
  • Doctorat en leadership éducationnel EdD - Fall 2011
  • Educational Leadership EdD, Post-Secondary - Fall 2011
  • Educational Leadership EdD, K-12 - Fall 2011
  • Educational Leadership, Post-Secondary EdD - Fall 2009

Master of Education

  • Educational Leadership, Prince George MEd - Fall 2020
  • Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary, Student Affairs & Services MEd - Fall 2019
  • Educational Leadership: Imaginative K-12 Leadership MEd - Fall 2019
  • Educational Leadership K–12, Restarting Relationships: Educational Leadership in Challenging Times MEd (SFU Vancouver Campus, BC) - Fall 2018
  • Educational Leadership in Complex and Urban Schools MEd (SFU Surrey Campus, BC) - Fall 2018
  • Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary Educational Leadership MEd - Fall 2017
  • Educational Leadership, Yukon MEd - Fall 2016
  • Educational Leadership, K–12, Restarting Relationships: Educational Leadership in Challenging Times MEd - Fall 2016
  • Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary - Fall 2014
  • Educational Leadership: K-12 (Langley)- Fall 2014
  • Educational Leadership MEd (Prince George - Fall 2013
  • Educational Leadership, K-12 M.Ed - Fall 2013
  • Educational Leadership (Whitehorse, YT) - Fall 2012
  • Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary & Student Affairs (Surrey, BC) - Fall 2012
  • Educational Leadership, Post-Secondary - Fall 2011
  • Educational Leadership, K-12 - Fall 2011 (Surrey)
  • Educational Leadership, K-12 - Fall 2011 (Coquitlam)

Educational Leadership Community

Teaching Faculty

Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Teaching Faculty: Educational Leadership K–12 MEd; Lecturer, Adjunct Professor

Professor of Professional Practice: Educational Leadership; Lecturer, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Peter Grimmett, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Adam Horvath, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Michael Manley-Casimir, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Milt McClaren, Professor Emeritus


Dr. June Anonson, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Sharon Cohen, Faculty Sponsor; Adjunct Professor

Dr. Patrick Keeney, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Cynthia Lewis, Adjunct Professor

Dr. David Oborne, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Linda Pardy, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Fred Renihan, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Byron Robbie, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Tom Roemer, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Glen Schmidt, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jean Warburton, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Christine Wihak, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Cindy Xin, Adjunct Professor

Students and Alumni Experience

Educational Leadership (MEd)

  • Marney Paradis MEd alumnus and Executive Director, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

  • Natalie Hargott MEd alumnus and Enrolment Services Professional at UBC.

  • Peter Johnston MEd alumnus and Principal at Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL), K–12, in Surrey,...

Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • Barry Hogan EdD alumnus and Senior Director, Program Development & Review, BCIT School of Business

  • Candy Ho EdD Leadership alumnus.

  • Christina Dobson (Brazzoni) EdD alumnus. Specialized in First Nations mental health and critical incident stress management.

  • Daniel To EdD alumnus and Principal, Education Services in the Surrey School District

  • Jacqueline Pizzuti Ashby EdD alumnus and Educational Consultant.

  • Jim McConnell EdD Alumnus, Head of School, Stratford Hall.

  • Kamuela Ka'Ahanui EdD alumnus, Faculty member in teacher education.

  • Khaled Alajlan EdD alumnus and Educator from Saudi Arabia.

  • Lynne MacFadgen EdD alumnus and Administrator at Vancouver Island University.

  • Paule Desgroseilliers EdD alumnus and FSL Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal winner.

  • Sandra Theroux EdD alumnus and nurse.

  • Sarah Pask-Goodwin EdD alumnus and Director of Development for the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

  • Sheila Elworthy EdD alumnus and Vice-President, Chartered Accountant School of Business (CASB).

  • Steve Cardwell EdD Alumnus, Professor of Teaching and Director of Executive Educational Leadership at UBC.

  • Ted Gervan EdD alumnus and Vice President of Education at VFS.

  • Tom Brown EdD alumnus and Academic Director of the GDBA and Part-Time MBA programs in the Beedie School of...

  • Tom Roemer EdD alumnus and Vice-President Academic at BCIT and Director, Greater Victoria Development Agency.

  • Wendy Carr EdD alumnus and Teacher Educator at UBC.

Research Projects

Education Systems and Outcomes in Diverse Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Laitsch)

Structured Abstract Database Project (ResearchBriefs) (Laitsch)

Understanding absenteeism: definitions, causes, and interventions (Nilson)

Adopt-a-Class Evaluation (Nilson)

Educational Ecologies (Nilson)

Aboriginal Transitions: Undergraduate to Graduate (At:U2G) (Pidgeon)

Learning Exploration & Academic Discovery Programs (LEAD), Program Evaluation of Aboriginal University Preparation Program (Schmidt)

Social Capital & Small Schools: An Exploratory Investigation (Schmidt)

An ethnographic exploration of teachers’ understanding of classroom assessment (Schmidt)

Parenting Project on Race, Immigrant Status, Class & Education (Schmidt)